June 18, 2024

Two pupils of Adwoki P7 school perish in Road crash

By Isaac Okello (isaac.okello@vol.co.ug)

Dokolo

Tow pupils of Adwoki P7 school in Dokolo District have been knocked dead by a trailer that veered off the road along Dokolo-Lira highway last evening.

The deceased are; Rafeal Okello who is in P.3 and one identified as Wece of P.1.

The head teacher of Adwoki P7,Christine Nancy Adongo confirmed the matter.

Dokolo DPC, Bushaija Hannington said the boy of the deceased was picked up and taken to Dokolo Health Centre IV for post mortem.

Bushaija said the driver of the trailer and the vehicle are all in police custody.

According to road safety report released yesterday by the traffic police spokesperson ASP Faridah Nampiima, 257 people died in road crashes from 1st to 29 October 2022.

The report, said 28 people die in Uganda in road crashes on a daily basis, the highest level in East Africa

These crashes are attributed to over speeding, reckless driving and non-compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

The 2018 Road safety performance review notes: “At present, Uganda seems highly unlikely to achieve the goals of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road safety, of stabilizing and reducing the forecast level of road fatalities by 2020.” Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 requires halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2030.

Uganda is falling behind this target. The report says unless effective interventions are implemented, road crashes in Uganda are likely to increase and even double within the next ten years.